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2011 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

The Soberanes Vineyard is the newest planting (2008) from the Garys (Pisoni and Franscioni) in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It’s a long, rectangular 35-acre plot running on a slope immediately to the southeast of the Garys‘ Vineyard. The southeast border of the Soberanes Vineyard abuts the much larger Tondre Grapefields. Gary Pisoni’s eldest son, Mark, is the vineyard manager.

The Soberanes vines have a different orientation than the Garys‘ and there are some clonal differences too. The vineyard includes three varieties: Syrah at the very highest elevation, Chardonnay at the lowest, Pinot Noir in between and with the most acreage. The fruit has quickly become popular with at least 20 producers doing vineyard-designate wines from one or more of the varieties. The Lucia label belongs to the Pisoni family and the younger of the two sons, Jeff, makes the wines.

The 2011 Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir is medium ruby in color, bright and crystal clear. The generous but graceful nose leads with dark flowers, followed by enticing wild cherry and a trace of dry herb. In the mouth its medium to medium-plus in body with moderate and extremely fine chalky tannins. There’s great focus and purity of fruit here with delicious red cherries, raspberry and spice. Drink now through 2019. Very Highly Recommended.

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2011 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

Rating: Very Highly Recommended

Drink: now - 2019
Closure: Cork
Production: 215 cases
Retail Price: $50.00

Winemaker: Jeff Pisoni

Origin: Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Fermentation: Native yeast
Aging: French oak
Alcohol: 14.1%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: Not required
Temperature: 56º - 60º F
Food Pairings: Roast Chicken Panzanella

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